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Cambodia: Local & international NGOs call for full and independent investigation into the killing of Dr. Kem Ley three years after his assassination

Author: ICJ, Published on: 9 July 2019

"Cambodia: three years and still no effective investigation into Dr. Kem Ley’s killing", 9 July 2019

Today, on the third anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, the ICJ and 21 other civil society organizations renewed their call on the Cambodian government to establish an independent and impartial Commission of Inquiry to conduct a thorough and effective investigation into his killing.

“It has been three years since significant gaps were highlighted in the investigation and trial of Kem Ley’s case, which need to be remedied through an independent, impartial and effective investigation,” said Frederick Rawski, ICJ’s Director for Asia and the Pacific…

…, Kem Ley was shot and killed while having a morning coffee at a gas station on Monivong Boulevard in central Phnom Penh…, after a half-day trial hearing, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Oeuth Ang – the suspect arrested by authorities who identified himself as “Choub Samlab” or ‘Meet to Kill’ – guilty of Kem Ley’s murder, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

…, Cambodia’s Supreme Court rejected Oeuth Ang’s appeal against his sentence and upheld his life imprisonment term.

On 23 March 2017, the ICJ, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International highlighted eight specific issues that had been inadequately investigated during the trial of Oeuth Ang, and called for an investigation in line with international standards, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, known as the Minnesota Protocol (2016)…

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